Victorian Institute of Sport


The VIS rowing program operates in conjunction with the Rowing Australia national program to provide world class coaching opportunities, training and competition, facilities and support services to improve athlete development throughout the high performance pathway.

Historically the VIS rowing program has been a dominant force in the Australian rowing landscape, with sustained success in national and international competition and a large representation on the national squad at benchmark events.

The 2015/16 domestic and international campaigns saw continued success with our athletes performing well at FISA World Cup events, the 2015 World Championships and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Australia lead at close of first leg

Monday, 02 July 2018

VIS rower Skyla Froebel was a part of the Women’s Eight and Women’s Four who placed second to New Zealand on both occasions in tough head winds and choppy waters.

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Stephan and Popa row to gold in Austria

Monday, 25 June 2018

Victorian Institute of Sport rowers have brought home a gold and bronze medal at the World Rowing Cup II in Linz, Austria.

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Rook to steer women’s rowing eight

Monday, 04 June 2018

Victorian Institute of Sport’s, James Rook, will be coxing the women’s eight at the upcoming Rowing World Cup.

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Two rowers selected for Australia

Monday, 30 April 2018

Victorian Institute of Sport rowers Ria Thompson and Skyla Froebel named to represent Australia at the World Rowing Championships and 2018 Trans-Tasman Regatta, respectively.

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VIS Rowers shine in Sydney

Monday, 26 March 2018

The VIS rowers were among the best at the Sydney International Rowing Regatta, which included a Gold medal to World 2k Ergo Record holder Josh Dunkley-Smith.

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Dunkley-Smith World Record row

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Josh Dunkley-Smith has broken the 2000m indoor rowing World Record by setting a time of 5:35.8 seconds.

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VIS Rowers dominate Vic Champs

Monday, 05 March 2018

VIS scholarship holders medalled in eleven different events at the 2018 Victorian Rowing Championships on the weekend.

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Gadsden appointed Head Rowing Coach

Friday, 22 December 2017

We are pleased to announce that Simon Gadsden has been appointed the new Head Coach of the VIS/ Victorian Performance Pathway (VPP) Rowing program.

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Rowers find gold on Yarra

Monday, 27 November 2017

Five VIS rowers have taken out the Head of the Yarra Open Women’s Eight as part of the Mercantile Rowing Club.

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VIS/ Victorian Performance Pathway (VPP) Rowing Head Coach

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

The VIS is seeking an experienced, qualified and passionate high performance Rowing coach to lead and manage the VIS/ Victorian Performance Pathway Program (VPP).

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2015 FISA World Championships - Lake Aiguebelette, France

Josh Dunkley-Smith & Will Lockwood – 2nd Men’s Coxless Four

David Crawshay & Karsten Forsterling – 2nd Men’s Quad Scull

Jennifer Cleary  – 5th Women’s Quad Scull


2016 FISA World Cup II - Lucerne, Switzlerland

Karsten Forsterling – 1st Men’s Quad Scull

Joshua Booth, Joshua Dunkley-Smith & Will Lockwood – 2nd Men’s Coxless Four

Jennifer Cleary – 5th Women’s Quad Scull


2016 Rio Olympic Games

       Joshua Booth, Joshua Dunkley-Smith & Will Lockwood – Men’s Coxless Four - Silver

       Karsten Forsterling – Men’s Quad Scull - Silver

       Jennifer Cleary – Women’s Quad Scull

Simon Gadsden

Head Coach


Other Rowing athletes